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Big the Cat

From Sonic Retro

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Big

First Seen: Sonic Adventure (1999)

Biography
  • Species: Cat
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 200cm (6'6")
  • Weight: 280kg (616lbs)

Big the Cat is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe who was introduced in the video game Sonic Adventure.

Big is a simple-minded, 18-year-old purple tabby cat who lives in the jungle surrounding the Mystic Ruins. He seems to be a fisher for a living, and he lives with his friend/pet, Froggy (Kaeru-kun). The plot of Big's levels in Sonic Adventure was that Froggy was possessed by Chaos's tail. The possessed frog sprouted a tail of his own, stole Big's lucky charm, a Chaos Emerald, and ran away. Big chased after him and eventually wound up on the Egg Carrier. Eggman gave Froggy to Chaos, both for Chaos' tail and the Chaos Emerald, but Big, with Sonic's help, rescued Froggy. Big took his friend and found the remnants of Tails' crash-landed Tornado II, and managed to fly it home to the jungle.

Big the Cat's gameplay mode is considered by many to be one of the strangest in the game. Simply put, he's the only Sonic character before or since that has had fishing levels.

He is seen in brief cameos unrelated to the story in both Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic and the Secret Rings. Most of the cameos were removed in Adventure 2's Nintendo GameCube remake, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, though some can still be activated by pressing A repeatedly during certain cutscenes. Many of the missing cameos were restored in the PC version of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.

Big is the Power Type member of Team Rose in Sonic Heroes. His mission is the same as Sonic Adventure: to rescue Froggy.

Big is also a playable character in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. He is in the Support class.

Big is also a racer in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. He drives the Green Hopper, a bike which looks like a grasshopper. His All-Star Move involves Froggy becoming huge and trampling over the competition.

He is also a somewhat minor character in Sonic X. His story is nearly identical to his story in Sonic Adventure. Only this time, he has the help of Chris Thorndyke while searching for Froggy.

Sonic and the Secret Rings

Although most of Sonic's friends are represented by their Arabian Nights counterparts in Sonic and the Secret Rings, it seems that Big is the only other creature besides Sonic who gets sucked into the book as his classical self. The cat cameos in each level of Sonic and the Secret Rings twice (except Lost Prologue, where he only appears once). To find him, the player is required to halt for a few seconds in a specific location to unlock a short cutscene involving the purple cat. These cutscenes add a new page to the game's Special Book as well.


Stage Mission Location Entry No. Detail
Lost Prologue Mission 16
(Splash Jump)
This is the Splash Jump practice mission, unlocked after Sonic learns the skill at level 42. Splash Jump onto the top platform bearing a platinum ring, then wait for a few seconds to see Big appear swimming through the air. 1 “A fairy told me “So you’re the blue hedgehog.” I’ve ended up somewhere strange. Where is this place?” It has a picture of Big with his arms crossed, standing on the pathway in Lost Prologue.
Sand Oasis Mission 1
(Go for the goal)
On the strip of land where pillars are rising out of the ground, brake for a few seconds before you jump over the second falling pillar. You’ll see Big waving at you behind a shrubbery. 2 “I’ve come to a beautiful oasis. It’s so clear I can see everything, but it seems like there are no fish.” It has a picture of Big sitting on a toppled pillar, fishing.
Sand Oasis Mission 4
(No Pearls)
When the four pillars start to fall, brake for a few seconds in front of the first one on the right (It has a genie on it.). You’ll see Big swimming around with a Frog. 3 “I was fishing and I saw Froggy’s friend swimming. It looks like fun. I think I’ll swim too!” It has a picture of Big diving into the water.
Dinosaur Jungle Mission 6 (Stealth Attack) After running down the dinosaur, brake for a few seconds on the grassy area as you get near the flower spirit. You’ll see Big holding his head. 4 “Well there weren’t any fish. Not one. Monsters must have eaten them. That’s not good.” It has a picture of Big with his hands on his waist, looking out at the lake.
Dinosaur Jungle Mission 9 (Smash genie eggs) When you get to the river, ride the log into the flying pot. Fly as high as you can, jump and do a homing attack into the spring. You’ll jump automatically for a bit and then land on a grassy, circular platform with a genie egg. Brake for a few seconds, and you’ll see Big waving at you under a dinosaur. 5 “What…? I was chased all the way by a giant lizard! Which way did I come from…?” It has a picture of Big holding his head, with a confused expression.
Evil Foundry Mission 2 (Diehard Challenge) As you start the level, do a homing attack into the tank the Golem’s holding, then attack it’s head, and then attack the magic carpet. Brake for a few seconds after getting onto the pathway, and you’ll see Big on a torch lamp on the ceiling. 6 “It’s a little hot but it seems like a good place to fish. Come out, come out, little fish!” It has a picture of Big sitting on a ledge, fishing…in lava. OK...?
Evil Foundry Mission 8 (Perfect Challenge) When you see the Golem, jump onto the cylinder and brake for a few seconds. You’ll see big sitting on the edge of a pit of lava. 7 Big’s Travel Diary Entry 7: “Uh-oh! That’s not fish! Sorry…!” It has a picture of Big running away from the Golem.
Levitated Ruin Mission 5 (Open Sinbad’s cage) As you approach the lever to switch the second mirror, brake for a few seconds. You’ll see big balancing on top of a tower. 8 “W-what’s this? I’ve been carried here by the wind! Somebody help! Actually, this feels pretty good.” It has a picture of Big stuck on a mirror by his belt.
Levitated Ruin Mission 10 (Beat the clock) As you get near the series of gargoyle’s, brake for a few seconds. You’ll see Big behind an empty pedestal. 9 “I got in line… but I don’t seem to be fitting in, maybe I need to sit differently?” It has a picture of Big sitting on a pedestal like the gargoyle’s.
Pirate Storm Mission 1
(Go for the goal)
When you reach the catapult after flying on a cannon rocket thing, raise the catapult halfway and flick the Wiimote to (hopefully) land in the crow’s nest. Brake for a few seconds and you’ll see Big sitting on a mast farther away. 10 “Whoa! Climbing up here was fun and all but now how do I get down…?” It has a picture of Big standing on top of a crow’s nest.
Pirate Storm Mission 5
(Rampage)
When you come to an area with two very tall platforms, attack the disappearing-reappearing genie on the first tall platform, and then land and brake on it for a few seconds. You’ll see Big far away, looking at some type or fort or something. 11 “Whoa! This’ll be my hideout. I won’t tell anyone, except for maybe Froggy….” It has a picture of Big sitting in his new hideout.
Skeleton Dome Mission 5
(Rampage)
When you enter the air launcher that fires you into a double-file line of pearls, wait in it for a few seconds. You’ll see Big sitting in the middle of the arena. 12 “I befriended the old skeleton. He said he used to be a huge fish. That’s amazing!” It has a picture of Big next to a giant fish skeleton.
Skeleton Dome Mission 8
(No Pearls)
When you land on the group of rock platforms before the swinging axe things, brake for a few seconds. You’ll see Big sitting on a giant skeleton in the area, waving at you. 13 “Before the old skeleton turned to bone, he was a colorful fish who could sing too! I wish I could have caught him.” It has a picture of big sitting on the aforementioned giant fish skeleton.
Night Palace Mission 9 (Diehard Challenge) Don’t bother with the turbo start here. Back up as soon as you start the level to the staircase, and brake for a few seconds. You’ll see Big lying down on the ground. 14 “I’ve come all the way to the Milky Way… I heard this is where I can find Pisces. I’d like to meet him.” It has a picture of Big standing on one foot swinging his fishing pole around.
Night Palace Mission 11 (Beat the clock) In the room that turns upside-down, don’t grind along the rail. Drop onto what used to be the ceiling, past the first line on the ground, spike ball, and stand next to the first pillar thing on the second line. Brake there for a few seconds. You’ll see Big between two pillars. 15 “When I look up at the sky I miss Froggy. I’ve got to go now. Wait for me Froggy!” It has a picture of Big staring up into the stars.

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Voice actors

English

Japanese

Trivia

  • At 616 pounds, Big is the heaviest playable non-robotic character.
  • Big was the only playable character from Sonic Heroes who did not make an appearance in Shadow the Hedgehog.


Sonic the Hedgehog (game series) characters
Heroes   Sonic (Super, Hyper, Darkspine, the Werehog, Excalibur) | Tails (Super) | Knuckles (Super, Hyper) | Amy Rose | Cream | Blaze (Burning) | G.U.N. Commander | Emerl | Silver (Super) | Marine | Shade | Lumina Flowlight | Chip | Shahra | Knights of the Round Table | Caliburn | Yacker | Sticks
Anti-heroes/ Neutrals   Shadow (Super) | Rouge | Espio | Charmy | Vector | Mighty | Ray | E-102 Gamma | Chaos (Perfect) | E-123 Omega | Bean | Bark | Jet | Wave |Storm | Merlina | Illumina
Villains   Dr. Eggman | Metal Sonic | Mecha Sonic (Super) | Metal Knuckles | Tails Doll | E-Series | Fang | Gemerl | Eggman Nega | Battle Kukku Army | Biolizard | Black Doom | Ix (Super) | Void | Iblis | Mephiles | Solaris | Dark Gaia | Witchcart | Erazor | King Arthur | Orbot | Cubot | Lyric
Teams   Sonic/Heroes | Rose | Dark | Chaotix | Babylon
Other   Gerald & Maria Robotnik | Big | Chao | Tikal | E-101 Beta | Heavy and Bomb | Flicky | Animals